House plants aren't just a natural, decorative accessory and choosing the right one could be the difference between cleaner air or not, at home.

In the late eighties a study by NASA discovered that house plants are a great option for absorbing harmful toxins in the air. Not only is is a natural way, it's also inexpensive and will provide a decorative element to you home too.

One big thing to be aware of when searching for the perfect plant for your home, are your beloved pets. Many house plants although great for your environment, are toxic to cats and dogs - so best to bear this in mind.

To make the air fresher in your space, these are the best house plants to invest in now.

Best house plants that help to purify the air

1. Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

The Monstera Deliciosa or Swiss cheese plat as it is commonly known is a plant you might have seen whilst trawling Pinterest for bedroom decor inspo.

Not only does the Monstera plant have a unique and trendy appearance that will brighten any home, it's also one of the most effective house plant you can buy to reduce air pollution.

Price: £11.99, Waitrose Garden - buy here now

2. Chamaedorea Elegans Palm (Parlour Palm)

Chamaedorea Elegans Palm (Parlour Palm)

Of all of the house plants to buy, the Chamaedorea Elegans Palm is one of the most sought after plants today, the first being its super elegant and relaxed looking palms.

This plant is the gift that keeps on giving, as your leaves bloom more, this leads to a lot of oxygen production, which we can never say is a bad thing.

Price: £12.99, Amazon - buy here now

3. Hedera Helix 'Variegata' (Variegated English Ivy)

Hedera Helix 'Variegata' (Variegated English Ivy)

English Ivy has green and white marbled leaves, with interesting twisted growing tendancies. It'll add a botanical accent to your home and is fairly low for mainenance.

This particular plant is especially good at combating mould in the home, as well as reducing airborne faecal particles - making it the perfect plant to keep in your bathroom.

Price: £25, Patch Plants - buy here now

4. Dracaena Marginata (Dragon Tree)

Dracaena Marginata (Dragon Tree)

If you're going for subtle decoration in the home a Dracaena is an ideal option. Add beautiful foliage to a room with minimal effort, perfect.

Among all of the pollutants found in the average household, this plant is especially good at fighting against trichloroethylene and xylene.

Price: £14.99, Primrose - buy here now

5. Aglaonema Jubilee Compacta (Chinese Evergreen)

Aglaonema Jubilee Compacta (Chinese Evergreen)

The Chinese Evergreen plant requires a little bit more attention that most house plants, if you don't mind the extra upkeep it's a winner.

The tropical plant is great for removing most common pollutants from the air - benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene to name just a few.

Unfortunately, the plant is extremely toxic to dogs and wont be suitable for furry friend loving households.

Price: £14.99, Crocus - buy here now

6. Aloe Vera (Syn Aloe Barbadensis)

Aloe Vera (Syn Aloe Barbadensis)

Aloe Vera is known for i's many benefits, ranging from skin care must haves to treating burns and eliminating formaldehyde and benzene found in many varnishes and detergents.  

Price: £9.99, Waitrose Garden - buy here now

7. Chlorophytum Variegatum (Spider Plant)

Chlorophytum Variegatum (Spider Plant)

The Spider plant is an east to grow and maintain plant that is perfect for green-fingered novices.

The relatively small plant works tirelessly to remove toxins from the air, including carbon monoxide and xylene.

Good news for pet lovers, the Spider plant is one of the few house plants that isn't toxic to animals.

Price: £11.99, Amazon - buy here now

8. Sansevieria Zeylanica (Mother in Law's Tongue)

Sansevieria Zeylanica (Mother in Law's Tongue)

The snake plant has a strong, yet stylish appearance that will make a welcome accent to any home. 

Also known as Mother in Law's Tongue, the decorative plant has been named as one of the top picks for purifying the air - ridding your space of harmful toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, benzene and many more.

If you have trouble sleeping, the clever succulent releases oxygen at night, helping you to drift off easier and stay asleep for longer.

Price: £14.99, Waitrose Garden - buy here now

9. Nephrolepis Exaltata 'Green Lady' (Boston Fern)

Nephrolepis Exaltata 'Green Lady' (Boston Fern)

If you're an allergy sufferer, the Boston Fern is a house plant you'll want to seriously consider.

Not only does it have an eccentric and tantalising look that will brighten any home, it's also great at removing toxins from the air, whilst improving humidity by helping to naturally restore moisture to the air. This will help you save money on an expensive humidifying machine too.

Other health benefits are said to support those who suffer from dry skin, noses or throats the most.

Price: £11.99, Crocus - buy here now